Things to do in Amsterdam – Visit the Kattenkabinet

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Resident Cats Kattenkabinet Amsterdam

The Kattenkabinet, or Cat Cabinet, in Amsterdam is a different kind of museum. Dedicated to the memory of a ginger cat named John Pierpont Morgan, the museum (founded by the cat’s owner Bob Meijer) features art and memorabilia devoted to cats. There are even a few friendly resident cats. This is one museum cat-lovers will enjoy.

Mechelen Room Kattenkabinet Amsterdam

The Kattenkabinet is housed in one of Amsterdam’s historic 17th century canal houses. Built for the wealthy Van Loon family, the property has had a succession of owners including legal advisor Engelbert van Berckel, who reportedly met here with former U.S. President John Adams to discuss treaty negotiations.

Ball Room Kattenkabinet Amsterdam

Your tour of the Kattenkabinet takes you through the bel étage, or main floor, where you’ll see several rooms featuring period decorations

Ceiling Painting of Ball Room Kattenkabinet Amsterdam

(notice the 19thcentury ceiling paintings in the Music and Mechelen Rooms) with lots of cat-themed accessories.

Cat-themed Posters Kattenkabinet Amsterdam

The museum’s collection of artwork (birthday gifts for the feline J.P.) ranges from posters, etchings, and lithographs to drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. Highlights in the collection include:

Virgin with Child, Cat and Snake by Rembrandt Kattenkabinet Amsterdam

De heilige maagd met kind, kat en slang (The Virgin with Child, Cat and Snake) – Rembrandt van Rijn, 1654

The Cat by Pablo Picasso Kattenkabinet Amsterdam

Le Chat (The Cat) – Pablo Picasso, 1940 and Kat en muis (Cat and Mouse) – Henriette Ronner-Knip, ca 1870

Modern and antique sculptures of cats, such as:

Kat Jacques Adnet Kattenkabinet Amsterdam

Kat (Cat) – Jacques Adnet, 1930

Evil Cat by Lies Lobatto Kattenkabinet Amsterdam 

Kwade kat (Evil Cat) – Lies Lobatto, 1989

Maneki Neko Kattenkabinet Amsterdam

Maneki Neko  – Unknown, 1800-1900

Lucky Cat Pinball Machine Kattenkabinet Amsterdam

And diverse objects, like the Lucky Cat pinball machine by Tadaaki Narita (2003),

Grizabella from Cats Kattenkabinet Amsterdam

Grizabella costume (1980) from the musical Cats, 

Cat Mummy Kattenkabinet Amsterdam

and a mummified cat ca. 1500 B.C. from the Collection of Pierre Loti.

Portraits of JP can be seen in the special memorial alcove.  These include J. Pierpont Morgan (Aart Clerkx1981), Willem en Morgan (Ronald Schalen1981), and John Pierpont Morgan (Ansél Sandberg, 1962).

Getting there:

The Kattenkabinet is located at Herengracht 497, a 6-minute walk from Rembrandtplein.

Ticket info:

Adult Admission = 7.00€

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